Welcome to the Northern Ireland Branch
It's a great time to be a CIPD Member in Northern Ireland with a vast array of events and campaigns delivered by both our staff team and volunteers, designed to raise the profile of the HR profession and the CIPD in Northern Ireland. This includes the Annual CIPD Northern Ireland Conference in November, and the CIPD NI HR Awards, which are well established as the most prestigious awards for the HR profession in Northern Ireland.
The CIPD NI volunteer team manage a programme of events and activities designed to appeal to HR professionals at different stages in their careers. We are providing a varied programme this year with more dialogue, networking and interactive event formats. We're very active on social media, so follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn for the latest news, and make sure that you register for our monthly e-newsletter which we goes out on the first Tuesday of every month. If you've not already done so, you can register under the preferences section of the website.
We do hope to see you at one of our events in the near future. In the meantime, do get in touch to let us know how we can continue to support you and your organisation.
Lee Ann Panglea, Head of CIPD Scotland and Northern Ireland
Lynn Carson, Northern Ireland Branch Chair
Meet the team
CIPD Northern Ireland have a volunteer team who provide a programme of CPD and networking events.
Chair: Lynn Carson
Vice Chair: Nicola Barber
Vice Chair: Beth McMaw
Secretary: Cathy Doherty
Treasurer: Darren Patterson
Events Lead: Keely Gavin
Council Representative: Peter Aiken
Contact the branch volunteer team at email@example.com
Conferences and events
Over the coming months we have a great variety of events and networking opportunities across the region, including our regional annual conference, student conference and branch events throughout the year.
Member to Member Mentoring scheme
Mentoring is an arrangement in which an experienced individual (mentor) offers ongoing support and guidance to a less experienced individual (mentee) to help the mentee manage his or her own learning and career development.
Gordon F Shea in his book Mentoring - A Guide to Basics defines mentoring as:
“…a process whereby mentor and mentoree work together to discover and develop the mentoree’s latent abilities, to provide the mentoree with knowledge and skills as opportunities and needs arise, and for the mentor to serve as an effective tutor, counsellor, friend and foil who enables the mentoree to sharpen skills and hone her or his thinking.”
About the scheme
This is a volunteer-led scheme co-ordinated by the CIPD Northern Ireland branch. We aim to link like-minded HR and L&D professionals with the purpose of enabling the mentee to:
• Develop themselves
• Better meet work challenges
• Develop strengths and competencies
• Learn from example and mistakes
• Gain knowledge and more experience
• Expand their connection and networks
The mentor will also benefit from our scheme by:
• Gaining satisfaction from nurturing and enabling an individual to develop
• Being instrumental in career transition and/or transformation
• Improving their communication or supervisory skills
• Expanding their connections and networks
• Promoting self-reflection
• Developing their own mentoring skills as part of CPD
We are now accepting applications for both mentors and mentees. The first cohort will consist of 10 pairs, with the mentoring relationship beginning in January 2020 and lasting for 6 months.
The formal mentoring relationship will last for 6 months and you must be willing to commit to the full duration of the programme.
We recommend regular communication and monthly meetings - either face to face, via video conference or phone. You will make your own arrangements to suit you both. Travel expenses are not paid by CIPD.
You will be asked to complete a Mentoring Agreement at your first meeting to agree goals and expectations on both sides, and to review this after 6 months. Tools, templates and other resources are available for you to use, and all participants will be invited to attend an Introduction to Mentoring Webinar.
We will ask you to share feedback, learning and outcomes with the Mentoring Engagement Team so we can make the programme as effective as possible.
What support is available
All participants will have access to various CIPD tools, templates and other resources, including an Introduction to Mentoring webinar.
Mentors will be invited to attend a Mentor Network Induction Event in January 2020 - date to be confirmed.
There will also be additional opportunities for peer support and discussion.
The local volunteer team will be on hand to support you both through the process and will be capturing feedback, ideas and ways to improve, as this is a new programme for our branch.
How to apply
To register for the scheme, please submit your Mentee or Mentor Registration Form at the earliest opportunity. Completed forms should be emailed to NIrelandAdmin@cipdbranch.co.uk.
Please note, our upcoming cohort is now FULL.
You can keep in touch with CIPD Northern Ireland by following us on our social channels and signing up to our newsletter.